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Judge: Colorado shooting suspect to face trial

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A judge ruled late Thursday that there is enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on charges that he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater last summer.

Judge William Sylvester said prosecutors have established probable cause to proceed with 166 felony counts, including murder and attempted murder.

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Holmes is due to be arraigned Friday, but his lawyers filed papers Thursday afternoon saying that he is not ready to enter a plea. They are expected to appear in court Friday to ask for the arraignment to be delayed.

Defense attorneys did not explain why they are not ready for arraignment. Their filing also objected to media requests to bring cameras into the courtroom. Other than during his brief initial appearance in July, cameras have been barred from court during Holmes’s case.

Sylvester’s ruling came after a three-day hearing this week, in which prosecutors laid out their case against Holmes, 25.

A succession of police and federal agents testified that Holmes spent weeks amassing guns and ammunition, made explosives to booby-trap his apartment, and scouted the movie theater where he would unleash a horrific attack on hundreds of terrified people.

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